EUGENE, Ore. — All this week, we are promoting ways to drive less and save more.
For you parents, one trip you might be able to eliminate is getting your kids to school. Having them walk or ride a bike to school not only cuts down on driving but promotes healthy exercise.
If you’re worried about safety, the 4J School District is promoting a campaign called Safe Routes to School.
Shane Rhodes explains how the program works:
“Safe Routes to School is a program that tries to get more kids walking and biking to school, trying to get to the roots when half of all kids walked or biked to school. Now we’re down to 15-20 percent, and we’re trying to bring those numbers back up by making it safe and easy to walk and bike,” said Rhodes.
“It definitely is a bike-friendly town, but there are definitely things we can do to make things better. Some crossings we need to improve. We have a path-friendly network, but we need to connect it up a little more. There are some gaps in our system. We just need to close those up.
We’ve worked with the Safe Routes to School program to bring infrastructure grants to do just that to improve those crossings and improve those roadways. There’s some missing sidewalks in our city, so there are definitely some holes we need to fill, but what we can do is to let parents know where there are safe routes, because they might see the dangers that are around their house, but there might be a little pedestrian cut-through that gets them to a safe area. So we try to show what those safe routes are and help guide people to those areas,” he said.
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